‘I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.’
It’s hard not to think of that line, and many other ‘science fiction’ films when coming to a movie like Interstellar.
Especially a movie like Interstellar. Humans. Machines. Space Exploration.
There however the similarities cease. Nods and oblique references, some quite funny, are made to these predecessors, but Interstellar is very much its own film. And all the better for it.
Humanity is at the core, the heart of Interstellar. It might seem strange but it’s as much and actually much more of a love story than a space epic.
Tech and adventure provide the stunning backdrop for a story of human relationships, encompassing everything from romantic, family and friendship to the bonds that link us all.
How strong are those bonds? How far do they reach? What would we do to save those we love? Who would we sacrifice for them? Is a planet full of people worth less than one special person?
It would be unfair to unravel any more of the threads that go into to weaving this story together.
Like the science of worm holes it folds back in and through itself in complex ways that thoroughly reward the viewer.
In its best moments and there are many, it’s a heart thumping thrilling experience – made all the better by the immensely powerful soundtrack, crescendos of perfectly chosen notes lending power to scenes throughout the film.
It’s rare to say that all the parts of a movie work, but in this they do: concept, story, script, actors, music, pace, visuals – and even the message.
It’s an emotional roller-coaster transcending genres in much the same way as the scientific theories at the heart of the movie aim to short cut reality, and in the same way as black holes are, apparently, inexplicable from the out side , the only real way to understand the magic of this movie is to go see it!
Do. It’s well worth it, even for those who have no interest in science or science fiction.
You just need to have a heart – or have known one once.